Misplaced Priority: My Spouse or My Job?

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What the lord has joined together let no man put asunder –  definitely is one of the phrases proclaimed by the priest during a marriage ceremony confirming the union of a man and a woman as husband and wife. But how often do we allow people, situations and policies affect this God-given instruction?

Rightly said and in line with the bible, that is how God ordained it to be and it is the basis on which the marriage is founded. This declaration implies that no man, or ordinances proposed by man should interfere with the unity that exist in marriage. Once this unity is compromised by either party’s misplaced priority, the union is on its path to demise. You do not need psychic powers to predict what the end would be. This also includes parents, siblings, friends, children, employers and even the priest that joined both parties in marriage taking precedence over your spouse.

Our society today has relegated the sanctity of marriage to the background. The general lack of regard to the marriage institution has crept into organisations, businesses and in some way, has begun to create a state of misplaced priorities in the minds of married employees. For married employees working in an organisation, it is very important that they understand who their allegiance is to first, and the boundaries that need to be in place when working for a company.

As a matter of fact, I believe any spouse that has any regard for the marriage institution should inquire at the job interview what the company’s policy is concerning married employees. In my opinion, if they do not have policies that support marriages or encourage its sustainability, you should not take the job no matter how well paid it is, whether it is your dream job or not, or has the best career potential. You have to consider the effect the job description would have on your spouse and children, if you have kids. It is very important to have a very clear idea of the type of job you want and also make sure you ask at the interview to find out if the company is right for you. Sometimes you may be desperate to get a job and ignore this step, but at the long run it would cost you more that you anticipated after the euphoria of getting the job has waned. Except you are deliberately getting the job to get away from your spouse and family, you should take this point very seriously.

It is sad to say that there are companies that do not respect marriages and it is reflected in their policies. One aspect is not allowing married employees bring their spouses to events such as Christmas parties and the likes. Of course, the depraved society that we live in see flirting at work, having illicit relationships and sex in offices, fornication, adultery and scandals as the order of the day. Bosses and employees, secretary and bosses etc. all want to have a fling with one another. Social events like these give the opportunity to fulfil fantasies and to misbehave especially under the influence of alcohol and the euphoria of the charged atmosphere. No wonder, spouses are excluded from such events. To me that should be a tell sign to a decent and focused spouse that his or her days are numbered in that company if the job contract was signed without prior knowledge of this policy.

The spouse’s first allegiance is to God, then his or her spouse. The job, boss, employer or money should not even be considered when the unity of the couple is threatened. A spouse that is happy to go to such events without the spouse should pause a while and think again. If he or she has no skeleton in the cupboard or anything to hide you should not even consider going. You do not need to attend under peer pressure or fear of not being promoted or accusations of being anti-social. You must have clear priorities, values and boundaries which you must abide to eliminate any thing that may breed doubt or suspicion in your home. Your job is temporal but your marriage is a lifelong commitment. You will definitely retire one day; you may change jobs several times before retirements but your marriage is to death.

My question to you today is what is your priority, your spouse or your job? Your pay check of your spouse’s love? Acceptance by your colleagues at work or you spouse’s trust? Your bosses affirmation or peace in your home? We live by the decisions we make daily. Every decision we make or do not make has an effect on our lives, marriages and family. In situations like this if you do not make the decision, it would be made for you by default.

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About Author

Pele began his education in Nigeria before moving to the UK for a masters degree and subsequently a PhD in computer science. The sharp contrast in life and morals in the UK motivated him to start his blog, a website dedicated to sharing candid and virtuous views to enable individuals and families maximize their potentials in life, relationships and finances.

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